Not too many companies can say they are 125 years old. This year, Cooper-Atkins can claim that milestone.

The company was founded in 1885 by David G. Cooper as the Cooper Thermometer Co.  Since then, Cooper-Atkins has provided a variety of temperature, time and humidity instruments. The Wallace family purchased the Cooper Thermometer Co. in 1960.

During the 1960’s, the company expanded its brand with the development of three cooking lines. The acquisition of the Croydon Thermometer Co. further expanded the consumer product line into weather instruments. Two separate marketing groups were established for the consumer and industrial markets to advance these new product lines.

In 1984, The Cooper Thermometer Co. went on to purchased the Industrial Division of Electromedics in Englewood, Colo. This acquisition immediately launched Cooper into the Digital Thermometer business and the company officially became Cooper Instrument Corp.

Cooper Instrument acquired Atkins Technical in 2001, then KTG Inc. in 2002, a developer of wireless solutions including temperature monitoring and handheld PDA applications for inspections, training and software solutions.

Not only is Cooper-Atkins celebrating a rich history, the company says it is also a proud member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Cooper-Atkins has been led by President and CEO Carol P. Wallace since 1994.